Anoectochilus - Blume
An Indo-Malesian genus of about 35-40 species of ground orchids, Anoectochilus is represented in India by 13 species. Two species are found in Kerala.
1. Anoectochilus elatus Lindl., J. Proc. Linn. Soc. Bot. 1:178.1857; J.D. Hook. 1890:95 ('elatior') & 1894;t.2158; Fischer in Gamble 1928:1453; Abraham and Vatsala 1981: 196; Joseph 1982:70; Seidenfaden in Matthew 1983:1557; Joseph 1987:95; Seidenfaden in Matthew 199:1208.
This was described by Lindley based on William Graham Mclvor's (Superintendent of the Ootacamund Botanic Garden) collection from 'Walla Ghaut' in Silent Valley, Kerala.
Occurrence: Palghat and Wayanad Districts.
Distribution: Regional Endemic (Kerala and Tamil aNadu.)
2. Anoectochilus sp.
This is often misidentified as A.regalis Bl., a Sri Lankan species but distinct in floral details.
Occurence: Trivandrum and Idukki Districts.
Distribution: Local Endemic (Kerala).
Orchid Kerala India - Conceived, Crafted and Cared for by Jithin & Sinu.